The Indiana Department of Transportation asks motorists in southeast Indiana to be on the alert for potholes on highways and interstates. .The rise and fall in temperatures following last week’s severe weather is a recipe for creating potholes. As temperatures continue to cycle up and down, more potholes will form. INDOT maintenance crews—after clearing roads from the “Arctic blast”—worked throughout last weekend filling potholes. These efforts continue. But with nearly 5,000 lane miles to maintain in southeast Indiana, it’s a big job.Potholes are created when water seeps into cracks in roadway and freezes. As ice, it expands—making the cracks larger. When ice melts, it contracts—leaving those large cracks which, under traffic, allow pavement to break loose and become dislodged.Recurring freeze/thaw cycles cause breakout conditions for potholes.With hot mix asphalt plants closed at the end of the construction season, INDOT crews must make temporary patches with a cold mix of liquid asphalt and small stone. Cold mix patches require ongoing maintenance. Even so, the potholes can reopen several times through the winter. When hot mix plants reopen in the spring, INDOT maintenance personnel clean out the potholes and make permanent repairs.Harry Maginity, Media Relations Director for INDOT, offered some tips for drivers to remember this time of year:“Don’t follow another vehicle so close you don’t see a pothole in the road. Secondly, when you swerve make sure your not swerving into traffic in the other lane.”Drivers are also urged to report potholes to Seymour District’s customer service desk at 877-305-7611.
The Indiana High School Athletic Association is mulling a proposal to shift the state basketball tournament to a three-class structure. A decision was not made at a meeting this week.A review committee composed of IHSAA staff members and executives, members of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association, and members of the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association was formed to review the proposal and report findings this summer.The format would adjust the current four-class tournament to a three-class system. It would create two divisions within each class based on school enrollment and result in 80 sectional winners. The divisions would be combined at the regional level.Athletic officials will review how the tournament will work and the financial impact on schools before making a decision.The IHSAA executive committee did vote to allow the high school girls basketball season to begin a week earlier beginning in 2015-16. The approval will lead to the girls state finals to be played a week earlier than the boys basketball sectional finals. It will hinder any scheduling conflict with the Big Ten Conference Tournament played in the same arena.
The Jac-Cen-Del Junior High Cross Country teams ran in the 7 school ORVC meet at Rising Sun on Tuesday night (9/30).The girls’ and boys’ teams both finished second in the meet.ORVC Middle School Cross Country Meet (9-30)Courtesy of Eagles Coach Steve Narwold.
Former Tiger Lauren Hill (center) will get a chance to play a college game Nov. 2. (Image/ Facebook)CINCINNATI, Oh. – It won’t be the final score as to why people will remember the first basketball game of the season for Mount St. Joseph University.Lawrenceburg High School graduate Lauren Hill, 19, is suffering from terminal brain cancer and she has a wish to play in a college basketball game.The NCAA is allowing that wish to become reality by granting an exception to play the game on Sunday, November 2 at 2 p.m. against Hiram College.Due to ticket demand the game has been moved to the Cintas Center on Xavier University’s campus.Tickets can be purchased beginning Wednesday, October 22 and will cost $5 each. Net proceeds will be donated to The Cure Starts Now Foundation.Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com, goxavier.com or by calling (513) 745-3000.
Carole A. Bertram, age 77 of Batesville, Indiana and formerly of Highland Heights, Kentucky, died Monday, April 11, 2016 at the Hospice of Cincinnati in Blue Ash. Born August 4, 1938 in Covington, Kentucky, she is the daughter of Lillian (Nee: Raum) and Raymond Greis Sr. She married James Bertram Sr. May 11, 1957 at St. Joseph’s Church in Cold Springs, Kentucky. A homemaker, Carole also worked as an office administrator for Closson’s Interior Design Store in Cincinnati for several years.A member the Batesville Red Hats Club and Holy Family Church, Carole was active at church serving as a lector and Eucharistic minister. She had many interests that included quilting, crocheting and was an accomplished seamstress. She was a fan of Elvis and country music, reading non-fiction, especially James Patterson novels, collecting antiques in addition to amassing large collection of Christmas ornaments. Her daughters teased that she delighted in shopping, shopping and more shopping and was nicknamed the coupon queen. They also mentioned she was a good cook and baker whose pies, sugar cookies and potato salad will be greatly missed. Carole and Jim were able to travel quite a bit and especially enjoyed numerous trips to Branson and a visit to Italy. Her family indicated she loved painting in with water colors as well as working in her flower gardens. For Carole, though, family was her true passion. Nothing delighted her more than to have the house full for family events and holidays.She is survived by her husband Jim; daughters and son-in-laws Carole Geglein of Cincinnati, Michelle and Paul Mersch of Batesville, Denise and Rodney Abt of West Chester, Ohio; son and daughter-in-law Jim and Ann Bertram Jr. of Greensburg, Pennsylvania; sister Beverly Ziegler of Cincinnati; ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her sister Marilyn Ritter and brother Raymond Greis Jr.Visitation will be Friday, April 15th, from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home with a rosary service at 4 p.m. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, April 16th at Holy Family Church in Oldenburg with Rev. Frank Jasper O.F.M. and Rev. David Kobak O.F.M. officiating. An entombment service will be held at 1:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Cemetery in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky. The family requests memorials to the Franciscan Missionary Union.
The Indiana High School Athletic Association has announced the new classifications for IHSAA member schools in six team sports for the next two school years. Please note the classifications for baseball and softball will be released in coming days.The enrollment figures, the total of boys and girls in grades 9‐12, were submitted by the schools to the Indiana Department of Education last fall and are used to determine the classifications in the sports of baseball, boys and girls basketball, football, boys and girls soccer, softball and volleyball.Two schools that have joined the IHSAA membership in the last two years are not yet eligible to compete in IHSAA tournaments and are not included in the listing of schools. Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter‐East and Lighthouse Christian Academy of Bloomington will be eligible in 2020‐21.Also, per IHSAA By‐Law, C‐2‐3c, any school has the option to play up one or more classes in any sport they choose for the two‐year classification period by notifying the Association Office. In boys soccer and girls soccer, both Brebeuf Jesuit and Guerin Catholic have opted to play up in the new Class 3A in both sports.Please note that Tournament Success Factor points will still be accumulated in baseball and softball this spring and any necessary updated versions in those sports will be released in the days following the end of those respective state tournaments.Sectional groupings for each sport will be announced in early May following approval of the IHSAA Executive Committee.A couple of changes for The WRBI Area. South Decatur will now be in Class 2A for Boys and Girls Basketball while East Central will move up in the new Boys and Girls Soccer Class 3A division.2017-19 Volleyball Enrollments and Classifications2017-19 Boys Basketball Enrollments and Classifications2017-19 Boys Soccer Enrollments and Classifications2017-19 Football Enrollments and Classifications2017-19 Girls Basketball Enrollments and Classifications2017-19 Girls Soccer Enrollments and Classifications
Max Taylor Ehrman, 75, Kokomo, formerly of the Burlington community, passed away at 7 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017, at his home. Max was born Sept. 9, 1941, at home in Burlington to George P. and B. Jean (Taylor) Ehrman. He married on Dec. 31, 1961, in Kokomo to Nancy C. Johnson, who survives.He graduated from Burlington High School in 1959. He went to work at Continental Steel Corporation for 23 years. In 1973, he was founder and co-owner with his wife, Nancy, and his mother, Jean, of the Dinner Bell Restaurant in Burlington, where he served his community and friends for 11 years. Max later entered into banking, where he started at Burlington State Bank and retired in 2006 as Community Bank president for Regions Bank in Delphi. He managed Barnard Lumber Yard for a few years. He also had volunteered at Sims Auto Sales in Kokomo.His memberships include the Burlington Faith Church of Christ, where he served as a deacon for several years, the Burlington Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as Fire Chief in the late ’60s and ’70s, Burlington Town Board, where he was a past president and served in the ’80s and part of the ’90s. He was on the Carroll County Economic Board and the Burlington Community Club. In the ’70s, he was active in the Burlington Little League, where he was a manager and coach. His hobbies included cars, trucks, and motorcycles and attending his children and grandchildren’s sporting events.Survivors include his wife, Nancy Ehrman; his mother, Jean Ehrman, Lafayette and formerly of Burlington; a son, Brent M. (Kristen) Ehrman, Westfield; a daughter, M. Luann (Bryan) Helvie, Batesville; four grandchildren, who referred to him as Pop Pop, Breanne (Alex), Chicago, Jenna Ehrman, Indianapolis, Taylor “T.J.” Ehrman, Indianapolis, and Emily Helvie, Batesville; a brother, Paul (Karen) Ehrman, Batesville; a sister, Julia Rodkey, Lafayette; sisters-in-law, Judy Black, Kokomo, and Kathy Simpson, Galveston; brothers-in-law, Bob (Marilyn) Johnson, Kokomo, and Steve (Vicky) Johnson, Oregon; along with a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father; a brother-in-law, Tim Rodkey; and a father-in-law and mother-in-law, Scott and Mary Ellen Johnson.He was preceded in death by his father; a brother-in-law, Tim Rodkey; and a father-in-law and mother-in-law, Scott and Mary Ellen Johnson.There will be a celebration of life service for Max at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at Burlington Faith Church of Christ, 1701 S. Michigan St., with Pastor Steve Cole officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 3 to 7 p.m. also at the church. There will be a private burial in Burlington Cemetery.Contributions can be made to Burlington Fire Department. Online condolences may be made at www.stoutandson.com.Stout & Son Funeral Home Neptune Chapel in Burlington is assisting the family with arrangements.
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — One person was injured after an ice cream truck was involved in a roll-over accident in Franklin County on Sunday.According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Gregory A Leppert, 64, of Hamilton, Ohio was attempting to stop for a customer on US 52 near Hydes Road, when the rear brakes of the truck locked up, which caused him to drive off the right side of the roadway.Both Leppert and a passenger, Mark Isaacs, 62, of Hamilton, Ohio, were pinned in the vehicle and had to be extricated.Isaacs received injuries in the crash and was airlifted to the University of Cincinnati Hospital.
Trudy Joan Amburgey, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away May 1, 2017.She was born January 10, 1947 in Cincinnati, OH, daughter of the late Truman and Roberta Ellis.Trudy was a homemaker who loved time spent with her family. She also worked in the Deli at Tandy’s for 7 1/2 years.She was a member of Dearborn Baptist Church in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.Surviving are husband, Dennis W Amburgey of Aurora, IN; children, Cindy (Chris) Powell of Aurora, IN, Deborah (Rob) Taulbe of Franklin, OH, Dennis Amburgey, Jr. of Aurora, IN; sister, Wilma (Edward) Turner; grandchildren, Colt Powell, Nicholas Helfrich, Casey Amburgey.She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings.Contributions may be made to the Dearborn Baptist Church. Please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.com
Charles Henry Doerr, 82, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, formerly of Masury, Ohio and West Middlesex, Pennsylvania, passed away February 17, 2018 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.He was born October 30, 1935 in Aurora, Indiana, son of the late Willard Doerr and Dorathea (Lochner) Doerr.Charles, a graduate of Aurora High School, and the New Hampshire College of Accounting and Commerce, very proudly served the United States during the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Vietnam War while in the US Air Force; and during Operation Desert Storm while in the US Army Reserve. He was employed by the Sharon Steel Corporation and the Sharon Tube Company, both in western Pennsylvania.Charles was a member of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Aurora, the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Among his many passions were photography, astronomy, taking country drives, and bird watching.Surviving are sons Richard Doerr of Dayton, OH, and Charles Doerr of Girard, OH; grandchildren Billy Doerr of Girard, OH, and Candyce Pratt of Hermitage, PA; and many great-grandchildren, nephews, and nieces.He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 41 years, Phebe (Horning) Doerr; parents, Willard and Dora Doerr; siblings, Blanche Wunderlich, Virginia Doerr, Elvira Jarvis, Julia Kraus, William Doerr, and Charles’ infant twin brother Edward; and granddaughter Jennifer Doerr.Charles was a strong, honorable, and compassionate man, and a wonderful husband and father, and will be very sorely missed.Friends will be received Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 9:30 – 10:30 am at Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church, 203 Fourth Street, Aurora, at 11:00 am, with Fr. Stephen Donahue officiating.Interment will follow at River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the Honor Flight Tri-State. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.